First Lady Melania Trump unveiled new artwork by Japanese American sculptor Isamu Noguchi that has been been installed on the east terrace of the famous garden, which she renovated earlier this year.
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Melania announced last Friday the artwork by Japanese American sculptor Isamu Noguchi has been installed on the east terrace of the Rose Garden. Noguchi’s installation, titled “Floor Frame,” will be the first piece by an Asian-American artist in the White House collection. The sculpture, according to Melania highlights “the beautiful contributions of Asian-American artists to the landscape of our country.”
Last week we unveiled Isamu Noguchi’s sculpture, "Floor Frame", the first work of art in the @WhiteHouse Collection from an Asian American artist. It will grace the iconic Rose Garden for generations to come. pic.twitter.com/mur2ZMCtlz— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) November 28, 2020
Noguchi envisaged “Floor Frame” as representing the “intersection of a tree and the ground, taking on the qualities of both an implied root system and the canopy of a tree,” according to the First Lady statement announcing the installation.
“He envisioned the sculpture placed directly on the ground” in order to reconnect viewers to the planet.
The piece was a gift from the privately funded, nonprofit historical association. Designed in 1962, and cast in black patina and bronze the next year, the sculpture is composed of rectangular blocks that appear to sink and rise from the ground.
Noguchi’s work was installed on the east terrace of the Rose Garden to complement the power symbolized by the Oval Office at the west end of the expanse.
“I am excited to announce the installation of Floor Frame to the newly restored White House Rose Garden,” Melania said. “This sculpture not only showcases diversity within our nation’s finest art but it also highlights the beautiful contributions of Asian American artists to the landscape of our country.”